POEM Christien Gholson

NWR Issue 113

Tidal Flats


Am I the dead bull-seal's dream?

And I was suddenly born – right there,
at that moment –
on the sand flats, among sea wrack,
clouds skipping flat across the grey horizon, snake-waves
of sand side-winding east, repetitive crack
of plastic against plastic in the wind; ribs and stones, opening

a tiny perceptual hole....

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Christien Gholson is the author of the novel, A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind (Parthian, 2011), and two books of poetry: On the Side of the Crow (Parthian, 2011) and All the Beautiful Dead (Bitter Oleander Press, 2016), which was a finalist in the poetry category of the New Mexico–Arizona book award. The poem above is a section towards the end of a series centred around Swansea Bay and Gower. christiengholson.blogspot.co.uk/


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